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Wild camping sites on our just completed northern japan trip

Old 08-29-18, 05:17 AM
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Wild camping sites on our just completed northern japan trip

For those interested, my wife takes a daily morning and occasional evening photo of our tent and surroundings and posts them on instagram. Here's the link:

https://www.instagram.com/y.hojo/
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Beautiful! Lots of wide open spots - what are the 'rules' for wild camping there? Are you free to camp anywhere?
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I think they are the same rules as most places, which, to be honest, I don't know. I have wild camped all over the world and just use common sense. I try to stay hidden but don't worry too much if I cannot. I used to hitch hike and wild camp. I think biking is better because if someone sees the tent they also see the bike with the helmet and immediately understand what's going on.

All the places in the photos were preplanned and discovered using google earth as slowly established the route.
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A bike is the best way to wild camp IMHO - you can really cover a lot of ground to pick your spots, yet it's still light/portable enough to 'disappear' when/where you want. However, I'm still too noob to wild camp out in the open like that.

I've been wanting to combine hitchhiking into my multi-modal biking and wild camping. As a ultralighter with Brompton, I can sit in the front passenger seat of any car with the bike and pannier right on my lap.

Also love Japan, we lived in Tokyo for 2 years ('91 and '92) - people are kind and courteous with no theft. Not too sure about rural riding though. The country is crazy mountainous outside of urban and coastal areas... don't have the legs for that.

Once again, great photos - love that sense of scenic seclusion in the great outdoors. Thanks for sharing.
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Pretty well the "rules" in Japan are, don't annoy people. You can camp in parks and stuff, but be discrete and pack up your tent when you wake up in the morning. Yu can hunt them down using google earth and street view, ark with toilet close to onsen or sento (public baths) = heaven. That being said, depending on where you are, there are a lot of free official campsites or ones that are 300-500yen per night.
You do have to watch out for bears in rural areas however, black bears on the main island and brown bears on Hokkaido. They are increasing in numbers as the population declines in the countryside...
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Yes the mountain climbs can be tough. Also, if you want to go on empty roads it often also means mountain roads. But there are some exceptions. Riding around Lake Biwa or the Fuji 5 lakes area can be peaceful and quite flat.

The camping for me is half the point of going. Love it. And in a beautiful peaceful place with no other people it can't be beat.

Check my Youtube vids (waddo) if you have time to kill.
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